Our association is a robust and diverse set of educators, researchers, medical professionals, volunteers and academics that come from all walks of life and from around the globe. Each month we choose a member to highlight their academic and professional career, and see how they are making the best of their membership in IAMSE. This month’s Featured Member is Francisco Raúl Barroso Villafuerte.
Francisco Raúl Barroso Villafuerte
Head of Basic Science (first and the second year)
School of Medicine in the Health Science Division
Anahuac University of Mexico
How long have you been a member of IAMSE?
I have been a member since January 2020.
Tell me a bit more about the IAMSE Ambassador Program that you are a part of.
The IAMSE Ambassador Program is to open frontiers for science educators around the world. Right now, we are 7 Ambassadors from different regions in the world and we are looking to increase the number of members from different cultures and backgrounds. With this, I’m sure we will enrich IAMSE and let the members and the new members through the embassy share a lot of different experiences and knowledge.
Looking forward to your time with the Association, what are you most looking forward to? Committee involvement, conference attendance, WAS series, manuals, etc.?
I’m participating in the committee for the 2021 Annual Program, I’m also very excited to take the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) course and to be a candidate for the Medical Educator fellowship
What interesting things are you working on outside the Association right now? Research, presentations, etc.
Outside of IAMSE, I have been working and collaborating with international and national leaders of the learning industry to develop our own content of virtual reality with a methodology that we are also developing in our University. I’m also a member of the Mexican Anatomy Society and the Pan American Anatomy Society with whom I’ve been developing new strategies in virtual reality and digital anatomy.
I’m working with Editorial El Manual Moderno (Mexico) writing a textbook of Human Anatomy that will be released in December 2020. I’m also doing research on cognitive impairment related to nutritional status in the elderly as part of my job at Anahuac University and to graduate for my Ph.D. in Science.
As a new member, what is a standout benefit that made you want to engage with IAMSE?
The worldwide networking, the great opportunities to continue learning and the opportunity to share my research and experience to inspire others and to get inspired by other members.
Anything else that you would like to add?
I just want to thank all the IAMSE members and the committees (2021 Annual Meeting and Ambassador program) for the kind and warm welcome. I hope I can give a little bit of what I have been receiving from everyone in IAMSE.
Stay tuned to upcoming announcements regarding Dr. Villafuerte and the preliminary cohort of IAMSE Ambassadors in the coming weeks!